In a world of fast assembly and fleeting trends, a company that honors craftsmanship and elegant details is such a welcome reprieve. Pared Lighting is just that, a sophisticated line of sconces that are hand-forged in Charleston, South Carolina and hand-painted by co-founder Julie Lawrence. I was first introduced to Pared in its infancy by co-founder Amy Johnson and was at once taken by the sconces’ antique tôle inspiration and flattering forms.
Early on in my marriage, I accidentally sentenced myself to a life of making salad dressings. One evening, I whipped together a salad bathed in shallot dressing that my husband was absolutely taken with. He said his palate could not go back to store-bought and so long went the days of cruising the condiment aisle for convenience in a bottle.
Hello dear readers! Today I have quite a treat for you as esteemed journalist Kathryn O’Shea-Evans has indulged me in an insightful interview about her craft. Chances are you have read a piece by Kathryn in, say, The Wall Street Journal or Veranda as she covers our favorite topics—design, travel, and food. If you’ve ever thought about penning anything, from an article to an autobiography, Kathryn’s candor will certainly inspire you. She shares with us details of her gorgeous new book, A Room of One’s Own, along with poignant literary advice, and fun anecdotes from the field. Enjoy!